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Small business leaders and social responsibility
by Larimer, Lori, D.B.A., Baker College (Michigan), 2016, 120; 10257793
Abstract (Summary)

The central question addressed was what motivates small business leaders to incorporate social responsibility in their companies' mission, vision, and culture. In particular, there is a knowledge gap about what motivates small business leaders to take both financial and non-financial actions to support their employees, their local economies, and their communities. Interviews with three small business owners in Michigan were coded to identify key emergent themes explaining why small business leaders contributed to their local communities. Theoretical or conceptual support for the study included Carroll's social performance model, Vroom's expectancy theory, and CCI strategies. The literature review included that of motivation and social responsibility. The interviews were coded, analyzed, and six themes emerged. The participants were concerned with being socially responsible and motivation comes from defining social responsibility and finding ways to fulfill a need. Employees play a key role in creating and continuing an environment set by the example of the owner and this is done through repetition, thus aligning business practices with being socially responsible. Lastly, connection to people helps build relationships, while being cognizant of initiatives to protect the environment, thus Going Green initiatives. After the research, the researcher developed the Small Business Community Involvement model (SBCI), based on the themes. This model can help small business leaders looking to partake in socially responsible activities. This study is significant because it will improve understanding of social responsibility in the small business sector.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Houghton, Peggy
Commitee: Dereshiwsky, Mary, Vinton, John
School: Baker College (Michigan)
Department: Center for Graduate Studies
School Location: United States -- Michigan
Source: DAI-A 78/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management
Keywords: Small business, Social responsibility
Publication Number: 10257793
ISBN: 978-1-369-60857-1
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